Spiritual Journey: Finding God in the brokenness of our humanity

When did the foundation of your life begin to crack? What happened that shattered your illusions once and for all? There are a million ways for our hearts to break; There are a million reasons to fall apart; And thankfully, There is one God, who rushes in to seal every fissure with Love. On the […]

When you’re asked to walk a high road

Sometimes we choose to climb mountains. We’re up for a challenge, so we buy maps and boots and join monasteries. Other times, we’re forced to climb. We’re kidnapped by heartache, left in the wilderness- alone with our prayers. Sometimes when we’re asked to walk a high road, it feels more like we’re being left for […]

Where we get derailed on the spiritual journey

Inevitably, experiences like betrayal, illness, heartbreak and grief change our lives. The question is: for better or worse? I think suffering is the crossroads of our journey toward God. If we process our trials with faith, we can stay on track, developing attributes of forgiveness, patience, wisdom and understanding. We can grow spiritually, learning to […]

God is easy to find (if we have the courage to look in the right places)

If you gaze at the gruesome physicality of the cross long enough, you can begin to see past the horror of suffering- into the gorgeous treasure of graces within. Perfect Love cloaked Himself in the consequences of our actions to save us- could anything be more beautiful? If you have the courage to look, you […]

The benefits of facing giants

After his basketball game this morning, my son asked “Why do I always have to guard the biggest kids?” It’s true, I noticed the same thing. My son is pretty tall too, but he always winds up matched with kids, who are a head above him. It makes it hard for him to gain any […]

Miracles and Mysteries

When my infant son Dylan was miraculously healed of kidney disease after being prayed over by a healing priest, I was on fire with the Holy Spirit. My prayers had been answered in a profound way, and my world had been rocked. Where before I had believed in God and prayed for healing miracles, now […]

When you’re in darkness

Until you have the courage to enter darkness, You can’t bring the light. We think it’s the end of the world when we suffer, but the Truth is: God gives us opportunities to illuminate the shadows with His love. Isn’t that what you wanted all along? Didn’t you pray to be of service? Didn’t your […]

The hard part

Did you notice how violently the tractor pulverizes the soil before planting? Before they can ever dream of feeding people, seeds need a soft place to grow. We want to nourish others with God’s love, but we aren’t willing to be treated like He was. It’s all part of the process.  

Are you growing closer to God through your struggles?

Have you discovered www.explore.org? You can actually watch a live cam of wild grizzly bears catching salmon in a river in Alaska’s wilderness. It’s a breathtaking glimpse into the majesty of creation. As I soaked in the wonder of it from my couch in Iowa, what really started to catch my eye were the salmon. […]